News from around the Irish counties



Three young brothers living in Northern Ireland may be sent back to their Eastern European homeland after their parents were convicted of a catalogue of abuse towards them. However, their baby sister — born just last year — may be returned to live with her cruel and brutal parents. The boys — who are currently living with a foster family — were taken into care in 2006, shortly after they arrived in Northern Ireland, after being found by the police in horrific condition.

(Source: The Belfast Telegraph)


Just three gardaí (Irish police) were on duty when a series of malicious blazes gutted landmark buildings in Carlow Saturday morning two weeks ago. A reliable source has revealed that when the first calls reporting the fires came through from members of the public to Carlow Garda Station at 4am on the Saturday morning, there were only three gardaí on duty at the time. Two of those were on duty in a squad car, leaving just one to man Carlow Garda Station, which is the largest in the county. The source also claimed there was no sergeant on duty on Wednesday night, Thursday night and Friday night.

(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


Some 150 jobs are at risk in pharmacies around Cavan if the Department of Health does not row back on the 25 percent cut on a new payment scheme for pharmacists who dispense medicines to medical card holders and private patients whose medications are subsidized by the State. Pharmacists in Cavan have thrown down the gauntlet to the Minister for Health, Mary Harney, by threatening to stop dispensing drugs under State scheme from August 1.

(Source: The Anglo Celt)


A well-known business premises in Churchtown was raided by five Criminal Asset Bureau (CAB) officers at lunchtime last Monday as part of an investigation into a multi million euro tobacco smuggling scam. It is believed that the raid in Churchtown was focused on the financial aspect of an international tobacco smuggling operation and documentation was seized on the premises. In a coordinated series of swoops that stretched from England to Northern Ireland, to North Cork two men were arrested in Derry.

(Source: The Corkman)


Despite bizarre weather conditions thousands of local people and migrants alike turned out to support Derry's Love Music Hate Racism festival last weekend. The two-day festival, held in the courtyard of the One World Centre, Commercial Buildings on Foyle Street, attracted an audience of all ages and all nationalities intent on spreading the message that the North West is a tolerant, friendly and, above all, safe place for people to live.

(Source: The Derry Journal)



The investigation into the case of missing Castlederg teenager, Arlene Arkinson is back in the spotlight. Former Sinn Féin vice-president and West Tyrone MP, Pat Doherty said the police must step up the investigation into the disappearance of a teenager who went missing from after attending a Bundoran nightclub 15 years ago. "There are huge questions yet to be answered by the (then) Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). This case was not given priority and was not given proper focus. The RUC have a case to answer” he said.

(Source: Donegal Democrat)


The balmy sunshine of late has attracted record numbers of visitors to Newcastle - now officially Ireland’s best-kept town. With uncharacteristically good weather, the Resort Town has been busier than ever. Residents with a deep-seeded pride in the town and Down Council’s proactive approach to keeping the streets clean have been credited with scooping the competitive accolades of overall Best Kept Town winner and Best Kept Large Town. As the jewel in the crown of tourism in the district, Newcastle, with its spectacular views of the Mournes and lively after-dark entertainment scene, has long acted as a magnet for those seeking a break.

(Source: The Down Democrat)


GPA Chief Dessie Farrell says that any plans to divide the €1m offered by Sports Minister Martin Cullen into smaller amounts across the entire inter-county playing body will not be accepted by the GPA as they attempt to break the current stalemate with the government. After fighting battles on two fronts, the Players Body are now faced with a rejected, significantly-reduced offer from Minister Cullen, and the GAA, who are refusing to budge from their position in relation to formal recognition for the GPA.

(Source: The Dublin People)


Michelle Gildernew has challenged police to "stop hiding behind statements" and tell her exactly why it took them 12 hours to respond to the burglary of a cash machine from a shop on the Clones Road in Newtownbutler in the early hours of Saturday morning two weeks ago. Whilst condemning the actions of the thieves, Gildernew, MP, expressed her frustration with the police response to the incident, particularly when there was a heavy police presence in the village at an Orange parade the previous evening.